Greeting PowerColor Radeon R9 290X New-Generation Graphics Cards

PowerColor has officially introduced a pair of high-efficiency graphics cards developed on the new-generation Radeon R9 290X series adapters. Codenamed PowerColor Radeon R9 290X, both new-comers support the latest graphics technologies, i.e. DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.2. The models feature a totally identical design, still there is one differentiation: one of the models is equipped with a key to Battlefield 4 game. Such ‘bonus’ has resulted in a bit heightened price of $580, if compared with the standard model that costs $550.



Both cards are based on AMD Hawaii XT chip. It has been dynamically overclocked by PowerColor to 1030 MHz, whereas the nominal clock frequency remained the same – 800 MHz. In order to enhance the performance, the GPU has been supplemented with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit interface that runs at 5000 MHz.


To proceed with the specifications, both graphics adapters accommodate four rear video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I, and DVI-D). …

Xilence Company has presented a kilowatt power supply unit of XQ series

Taiwanese company Xilence released two PSU of unusual design — XQ Series of 750 and 850 W capacities. In contrast to usual offers on the market, these PSU are equipped with a pair of 60-mm fans. It has separate adjustment of speed and can operate in a completely passive mode at a load of up to 20-30%.



Recently, Xilence added to the above-mentioned series a power supply with nominal 1000W. New model in the pre-sale testing was certified with 80 Plus Platinum, which indicates the level of efficiency from 90% to 94% in the system of 230 V. Like its predecessors, the unit uses a modular principle of cabling, active power factor correction mechanism and complies with ATX12V v2.3 and EPS12V v2.92 standards. The list of available power cables (connectors) is the following: 4x PCI-E 6-pin, 4x PCI-E (6 + 2)-pin, 7x Molex 4-pin, FDD, 12x SATA, EPS12V (4 +4)-pin, EPS12V 8-pin and ATX (20 +4)-pin.


Five-year warranty on the Xilence XQ 1000W provides the possibility of replacement the …

Stylish CPU Cooler Ice Hammer IH-4800 Review

Cooling solutions under Ice Hammer brand enter the market not so frequently as wished it to be. Still, the company manages to gladden all potential customers with high-quality products. This time, in close cooperation with Thermalright, it launched IH-4800 CPU cooler that is a modified version of True Spirit 140 model. Yet, what kind of options are going to attract the audience? Let’s find it out.



Heatsink and Fan Framework


The employed by the IH-4800 heatsink features 155x55x170 mm dimensions. It is a typical single-section tower, accompanied by six U-shape heatpipes. The pipes did not get nickel-plated coating, so they have a highly polished copper design. The heatsink embraces fifty aluminum ribs with 2 mm distance from each other.


The ribs are connected with the pipes by means of a dedicated neck finish with a thorough soldering. Six lower ribs do not have contact with two heatpipes, since the latter got a strongly pronounced curve at the output. The heatsink …
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